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Dove's-foot Crane's-bill

Geranium molle (syn. Geranium luganense)


Annual herbaceous plant belonging to the Geraniaceae family. Small plant reaching on average 5–30 centimetres (2.0–12 in) in height. It is a very branched plant, quite hairy, with several ascending stems. The leaves are palmate, cut 5 to 9 times. The basal leaves are arranged in a rosette, the upper ones are sessile, rounded and hairy, with a long petiole of about 5–12 millimetres (0.20–0.47 in). The flowers are pinkish-purple, 8-12 mm in diameter, with very jagged petals. It blooms from April to September. The flowers are hermaphrodite and mainly pollinated by Hymenoptera. Fruits are glabrous, usually with 6-9 transverse ridges.


Native to the Mediterranean and sub-Mediterranean areas, but is now naturalised in other parts of Europe, in southwestern and central Asia and in North Africa. It is an introduced species also in North America, where it is known as Dovefoot Geranium or Awnless Geranium. It is a noxious weed in the Pacific Northwest and quickly forms a groundcover on open areas, among grasses, and in planting beds. Glyphosate is an effective control measure. It is found in dry meadows, hedges, banks and waste ground. It prefers sunny places on sandy and relatively dry soils, at an altitude of 0–1,000 metres (0–3,300 ft) above sea level.


Bico-de-pomba-menor (Portuguese)

1 Comment

Ana Rosa
Ana Rosa 8 years ago

Thank you DespinaTsafetopoulou! =)

Ana Rosa
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Algarve, Portugal

Spotted on Mar 15, 2009
Submitted on Sep 11, 2011

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